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Anne Brigman's Songs of a Pagan rare signed copy w/jacket  

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Songs of a Pagan

Brigman, Anne

Caldwell, Idaho

The Caxton Printers, Ltd.



90 pp. Illustrated from photographs by the author. (Small 4to), original tan cloth stamped in black and silver, pictorial dust jacket. First Edition.

Signed and inscribed by Brigman opposite the half-title in the year of publication: "Anne Brigman, California 1949." Poems and photographs by the author. Rare signed copy in original jacket.

Anne Wardrope (Nott) Brigman was an American photographer and one of the original members of the Photo-Secession movement in America. Her most famous images were taken between 1900 and 1920, and depict nude women in primordial, naturalistic contexts.  Brigman's deliberately counter-cultural images suggested bohemianism and female liberation. Her work challenged the establishment's cultural norms and defied convention, instead embracing pagan antiquity. The raw emotional intensity and barbaric strength of her photos contrasted with the carefully calculated and composed images of Stieglitz and other modern photographers.Encouraged by her writing instructor, she put together a book of her poems and photographs, Songs of a Pagan. She found a publisher for the book in 1941, but because of World War II the book was not printed until 1949, the year before she died.

Lot Amendments

Jacket price-clipped with general light wear and soiling, some creasing at edges, minor chips and tears to spine ends, faint foxing at flap folds; cloth with a bit of light soiling and a few small stains to rear board; interior fine; overall about near fine volume in very good jacket.

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